It is easy to think of e-waste as an issue that might only be relevant to company waste managers who deal with decisions regarding recycling and disposal, or sustainability managers who are tasked with meeting recycling objectives and targets. However, a great deal of influence over e-waste also relies with procurement managers at the front end of equipment life cycles. Purchasing electronics with environmentally friendly characteristics means that your electronics may contain much fewer hazardous substances or toxics, are easier to recycle and may have longer useful lives. In this module purchasing agents can learn what they can do to reduce and control e-waste by using the EPEAT registration and other strategies.
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References & Helpful Links
Green Electronics Council, 2012, ‘Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool’. Available: http://www.epeat.net/
Green Electronics Council, 2011, Environmental Benefits of 2011 EPEAT Purchasing: Continued Global Uptake and Positive Environmental Impact. Available: http://www.epeat.net/documents/EBReport2010_final.pdf
US EPA, 2012, EPEAT for Federal Purchasers, fact sheet. Available: http://www.epa.gov/fec/publications.html
US EPA, 2012, ENERGY STAR® and EPEAT® for Federal Purchasers, fact sheet. Available: http://www.epa.gov/fec/publications.html